After two long years, Korea is finally opening back up to international travel. Beginning March 21, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer need to quarantine before entering South Korea. Here is everything you need to about the quarantine exemption.
Who Counts As Fully Vaccinated
Those who have received their second dose of the vaccine between 14 and 90 days prior to travel or, those who have received their booster shot at least 14 days before boarding their flight are considered to be fully vaccinated.
For the Janssen vaccine, people should have at least two doses 90 days prior to boarding.
In order to be exempt from quarantine, you will need to download Q-Code. Through the app, you will be able to verify the vaccines you received abroad beginning in April. Once you arrive at the airport authorities will confirm your vaccination status through the app and with any supporting documents you have.
The following countries are exempt from vaccine verification: Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Myanmar.
If Your Vaccine is Not Confirmed
In the case that vaccines are unable to be confirmed, you will have to go into quarantine. You will be taken to a hotel near the airport where you will have to stay for 7 days at your own expense before being released.
If You Test Positive
Before boarding the plane, you will need to have a negative PCR test. If you don’t have one, you can’t get on the plane. However, South Korea may be switching over to a rapid-antigen test system for international travelers soon. So, stay tuned for confirmation on needing a PCR test.
Upon arrival, you will need to take a rapid-antigen test (self-test / rapid test). If the result is positive, authorities may request that you take a PCR test. Once you have been confirmed as positive, you will be moved to a quarantine facility. There, you will have to quarantine for 7 days at your own expense.
Travel From the Airport
Starting in April, new arrivals will be able to take normal transportation from the airport to their destinations.
Previously, special taxis and buses were put in place for those arriving at the airport. However, all forms of transportation will now be available – subway, bus, taxis, cars, etc.
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